Tight end Vernon Davis wavered a bit about his intentions to report to this week’s 49ers mandatory minicamp, but he ultimately came down on the side of staying away.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Davis is not at practice on Tuesday, a move he foreshadowed in a column for TheMMQB.com that explained why he was “holding out” for a better contract. Davis had previously indicated that he planned to report for minicamp after skipping the rest of the team’s offseason program.
Davis is set to make $4.7 million this season and missed out on a $200,000 workout bonus after staying away from the team this spring. That’s a bigger loss than the nearly $70,000 in fines he’ll face for no-showing minicamp, although the price will rise sharply if Davis continues on this track into training camp this summer.
There’s been no word from Davis about his plans in that regard. His column this week made it clear that he knows holding out is his best leverage toward getting more from the 49ers, but the penalties are severe when you have a limited time to cash in on being a productive NFL player.